Europe on the Brink of Collapse? – Global ResearchGlobal Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

The Empire’s European castle of vassals is crumbling. Right in front of our eyes. But Nobody seems to see it. The European Union (EU), the conglomerate of vassals – Trump calls them irrelevant, and he doesn’t care what they think about him, they deserve to be collapsing.

Source: Europe on the Brink of Collapse? – Global ResearchGlobal Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Theresa May sitiada

A patologia da Sr.ª May
Tenho chamado a atenção de que a obstinação de Theresa May já atingiu há muito, o estado patológico de quem não quer ouvir a voz do povo .

Num povo que tem a reputação do bom senso, a sr.ª May é um exemplo da falta dele, tal como o fascista Nigel Farage que promoveu o Brexit e o socialista Corbin que se tivesse algum valor já a teria derrubado.

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Brexit: Parlamento britânico derrota proposta de May para saída da UE | Internacional | EL PAÍS Brasil

Plano de saída do Reino Unido da União Europeia recebeu 432 votos contra e 202 votos a favor

Source: Brexit: Parlamento britânico derrota proposta de May para saída da UE | Internacional | EL PAÍS Brasil


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A piece by A A Gill who died in December 2016, written in the aftermath of the referendum.

“It was the woman on Question Time that really did it for me. She was so familiar. There is someone like her in every queue, every coffee shop, outside every school in every parish council in the country. Middle-aged, middle-class, middle-brow, over-made-up, with her National Health face and weatherproof English expression of hurt righteousness, she’s Britannia’s mother-in-law. The camera closed in on her and she shouted: “All I want is my country back. Give me my country back.”
It was a heartfelt cry of real distress and the rest of the audience erupted in sympathetic applause, but I thought: “Back from what? Back from where?”

Wanting the country back is the constant mantra of all the outies. Farage slurs it, Gove insinuates it. Of course I know what they mean. We all know what they mean. They mean back from Johnny Foreigner, back from the brink, back from the future, back-to-back, back to bosky hedges and dry stone walls and country lanes and church bells and warm beer and skittles and football rattles and cheery banter and clogs on cobbles. Back to vicars-and-tarts parties and Carry On fart jokes, back to Elgar and fudge and proper weather and herbaceous borders and cars called Morris. Back to victoria sponge and 22 yards to a wicket and 15 hands to a horse and 3ft to a yard and four fingers in a Kit Kat, back to gooseberries not avocados, back to deference and respect, to make do and mend and smiling bravely and biting your lip and suffering in silence and patronising foreigners with pity.

We all know what “getting our country back” means. It’s snorting a line of the most pernicious and debilitating Little English drug, nostalgia. The warm, crumbly, honey-coloured, collective “yesterday” with its fond belief that everything was better back then, that Britain (England, really) is a worse place now than it was at some foggy point in the past where we achieved peak Blighty. It’s the knowledge that the best of us have been and gone, that nothing we can build will be as lovely as a National Trust Georgian country house, no art will be as good as a Turner, no poem as wonderful as If, no writer a touch on Shakespeare or Dickens, nothing will grow as lovely as a cottage garden, no hero greater than Nelson, no politician better than Churchill, no view more throat-catching than the White Cliffs and that we will never manufacture anything as great as a Rolls-Royce or Flying Scotsman again.

The dream of Brexit isn’t that we might be able to make a brighter, new, energetic tomorrow, it’s a desire to shuffle back to a regret-curdled inward-looking yesterday. In the Brexit fantasy, the best we can hope for is to kick out all the work-all-hours foreigners and become caretakers to our own past in this self-congratulatory island of moaning and pomposity.

And if you think that’s an exaggeration of the Brexit position, then just listen to the language they use: “We are a nation of inventors and entrepreneurs, we want to put the great back in Britain, the great engineers, the great manufacturers.” This is all the expression of a sentimental nostalgia. In the Brexiteer’s mind’s eye is the old Pathé newsreel of Donald Campbell, of John Logie Baird with his television, Barnes Wallis and his bouncing bomb, and Robert Baden-Powell inventing boy scouts in his shed.

All we need, their argument goes, is to be free of the humourless Germans and spoilsport French and all their collective liberalism and reality. There is a concomitant hope that if we manage to back out of Europe, then we’ll get back to the bowler-hatted 1950s and the Commonwealth will hold pageants, fireworks displays and beg to be back in the Queen Empress’s good books again. Then New Zealand will sacrifice a thousand lambs, Ghana will ask if it can go back to being called the Gold Coast and Britain will resume hand-making Land Rovers and top hats and Sheffield plate teapots.

There is a reason that most of the people who want to leave the EU are old while those who want to remain are young: it’s because the young aren’t infected with Bisto nostalgia. They don’t recognise half the stuff I’ve mentioned here. They’ve grown up in the EU and at worst it’s been neutral for them.

The under-thirties want to be part of things, not aloof from them. They’re about being joined-up and counted. I imagine a phrase most outies identify with is “women’s liberation has gone too far”. Everything has gone too far for them, from political correctness — well, that’s gone mad, hasn’t it? — to health and safety and gender-neutral lavatories. Those oldies, they don’t know if they’re coming or going, what with those newfangled mobile phones and kids on Tinder and Grindr. What happened to meeting Miss Joan Hunter Dunn at the tennis club? And don’t get them started on electric hand dryers, or something unrecognised in the bagging area, or Indian call centres , or the impertinent computer asking for a password that has both capitals and little letters and numbers and more than eight digits.

Brexit is the fond belief that Britain is worse now than at some point in the foggy past where we achieved peak Blighty

We listen to the Brexit lot talk about the trade deals they’re going to make with Europe after we leave, and the blithe insouciance that what they’re offering instead of EU membership is a divorce where you can still have sex with your ex. They reckon they can get out of the marriage, keep the house, not pay alimony, take the kids out of school, stop the in-laws going to the doctor, get strict with the visiting rights, but, you know, still get a shag at the weekend and, obviously, see other people on the side.

Really, that’s their best offer? That’s the plan? To swagger into Brussels with Union Jack pants on and say: “ ’Ello luv, you’re looking nice today. Would you like some?”

When the rest of us ask how that’s really going to work, leavers reply, with Terry-Thomas smirks, that “they’re going to still really fancy us, honest, they’re gagging for us. Possibly not Merkel, but the bosses of Mercedes and those French vintners and cheesemakers, they can’t get enough of old John Bull. Of course they’re going to want to go on making the free market with two backs after we’ve got the decree nisi. Makes sense, doesn’t it?”

Have no doubt, this is a divorce. It’s not just business, it’s not going to be all reason and goodwill. Like all divorces, leaving Europe would be ugly and mean and hurtful, and it would lead to a great deal of poisonous xenophobia and racism, all the niggling personal prejudice that dumped, betrayed and thwarted people are prey to. And the racism and prejudice are, of course, weak points for us. The tortuous renegotiation with lawyers and courts will be bitter and vengeful, because divorces always are and, just in passing, this sovereignty thing we’re supposed to want back so badly, like Frodo’s ring, has nothing to do with you or me. We won’t notice it coming back, because we didn’t notice not having it in the first place.

Nine out of 10 economists say ‘remain in the EU’. You won’t wake up on June 24 and think: “Oh my word, my arthritis has gone! My teeth are suddenly whiter! Magically, I seem to know how to make a soufflé and I’m buff with the power of sovereignty.” This is something only politicians care about; it makes not a jot of difference to you or me if the Supreme Court is a bunch of strangely out-of-touch old gits in wigs in Westminster or a load of strangely out-of-touch old gits without wigs in Luxembourg. What matters is that we have as many judges as possible on the side of personal freedom.

Personally, I see nothing about our legislators in the UK that makes me feel I can confidently give them more power. The more checks and balances politicians have, the better for the rest of us. You can’t have too many wise heads and different opinions. If you’re really worried about red tape, by the way, it’s not just a European problem. We’re perfectly capable of coming up with our own rules and regulations and we have no shortage of jobsworths. Red tape may be annoying, but it is also there to protect your and my family from being lied to, poisoned and cheated.

The first “X” I ever put on a voting slip was to say yes to the EU. The first referendum was when I was 20 years old. This one will be in the week of my 62nd birthday. For nearly all my adult life, there hasn’t been a day when I haven’t been pleased and proud to be part of this great collective. If you ask me for my nationality, the truth is I feel more European than anything else. I am part of this culture, this European civilisation. I can walk into any gallery on our continent and completely understand the images and the stories on the walls. These people are my people and they have been for thousands of years. I can read books on subjects from Ancient Greece to Dark Ages Scandinavia, from Renaissance Italy to 19th-century France, and I don’t need the context or the landscape explained to me. The music of Europe, from its scales and its instruments to its rhythms and religion, is my music. The Renaissance, the rococo, the Romantics, the impressionists, gothic, baroque, neoclassicism, realism, expressionism, futurism, fauvism, cubism, dada, surrealism, postmodernism and kitsch were all European movements and none of them belongs to a single nation.

No time for walls: the best of Europe, from its music and food to IM Pei’s pyramid at the Louvre, depends on an easy collision of cultures.

There is a reason why the Chinese are making fake Italian handbags and the Italians aren’t making fake Chinese ones. This European culture, without question or argument, is the greatest, most inventive, subtle, profound, beautiful and powerful genius that was ever contrived anywhere by anyone and it belongs to us. Just look at my day job — food. The change in food culture and pleasure has been enormous since we joined the EU, and that’s no coincidence. What we eat, the ingredients, the recipes, may come from around the world, but it is the collective to and fro of European interests, expertise and imagination that has made it all so very appetising and exciting.
The restaurant was a European invention, naturally. The first one in Paris was called The London Bridge.

Culture works and grows through the constant warp and weft of creators, producers, consumers, intellectuals and instinctive lovers. You can’t dictate or legislate for it, you can just make a place that encourages it and you can truncate it. You can make it harder and more grudging, you can put up barriers and you can build walls, but why on earth would you? This collective culture, this golden civilisation grown on this continent over thousands of years, has made everything we have and everything we are, why would you not want to be part of it?

I understand that if we leave we don’t have to hand back our library ticket for European civilisation, but why would we even think about it? In fact, the only ones who would are those old, philistine scared gits. Look at them, too frightened to join in.

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Sou um europeu convicto

A Europa significa a paz duradoura, a reconciliação entre nações, o funcionamento democrático das instituições, a imprensa livre, a segurança dos cidadãos, o estado social, a inclusão das minorias, a liberdade.
Por essa razão, apenas é de esperar o pior do Brexit, que é um punhal cravado nas costas do sonho europeu.
Na América mantém-se Donald Trump. E todos os dias nos chegam péssimas notícias. Uma política instável, caprichosa, errática e isolacioni

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Ruth Manus é uma jovem brasileira, advogada e docente universitária em São Paulo. Assina um blogue e é colunista. Em novembro de 2016, escreveu no Observador uma crónica sobre Portugal. E diz, a páginas tantas: Todo país do mundo deveria…

Portugal tem de reaver quase 2 milhões de euros de ajudas agrícolas – Economia – SAPO 24

Portugal vai ter que reaver quase dois milhões de euros de ajudas a agricultores nos Açores que Bruxelas considerou indevidas, segundo um acórdão proferido esta quinta-feira pelo Tribunal Geral da União Europeia (TGUE).

Source: Portugal tem de reaver quase 2 milhões de euros de ajudas agrícolas – Economia – SAPO 24


What do the “Yellow Vests” want?
(traduzido rapidamente do francês – versão original abaixo)

As 42 reivindicações dos “coletes amarelos” foram descortinadas:

Aumento do smic (salário nacional mínimo) para 1.300 euros líquidos, retorno à aposentadoria/reforma aos 60 anos ou abandono da retenção na fonte … A lista inclui muitas medidas sociais, mas também medidas relativas ao transporte, como o fim do aumento dos impostos sobre o combustível e a introdução de um imposto sobre o fuelóleo marítimo e o querosene. Aqui está essa lista não exaustiva de reivindicações:

• Zero SDF (sem domicílio fixo = sem abrigo): URGENTE.

• Maior progressividade no imposto sobre o rendimento, ou seja, mais tranches. (níveis)

• Smic (salário nacional mínimo) em 1.300 euros líquidos.

• Promover pequenas empresas em aldeias e centros urbanos. Parar a construção de grandes áreas comerciais nas principais cidades que matam pequenas empresas e mais parqueamento gratuito nos centros das cidades.

• Um Grande plano para promover o “isolamento” das habitações para fazer as famílias economizarem e participarem na transição ecológica.

• Impostos: que os GRANDES (MacDonalds, Google, Amazon, Carrefour …) paguem MAIS e os pequenos (artesãos, pequenas empresas, pequenas e médias empresas) paguem menos/pouco.

• Mesmo sistema de Previdência Social para todos (incluindo artesãos e auto-empresários/ empresários em nome individual). Fim do RSI. (Regime Social dos Independentes)

• O sistema de pensões deve permanecer solidário e, portanto, socializado. “Não!” ao sistema de reforma por pontos. (sistema americano)

• Fim do aumento de impostos sobre os combustíveis.

• Fim de reformas abaixo de 1.200 euros. (Valor do actual salário mínimo)

• Qualquer representante eleito terá direito ao salário médio. Seus custos de transporte serão monitorizados e reembolsados se forem justificados. Direito a vales de restaurante e vouchers de férias.

• Os salários de todos os franceses, bem como as pensões e subsídios, devem ser indexados à inflação.

• Proteger a indústria francesa: proibir a deslocalização. Proteger a nossa indústria é proteger o nosso know-how e nossos empregos.

• Fim do trabalho desvinculado. É anormal que uma pessoa que trabalha em território francês não beneficie do mesmo salário e dos mesmos direitos. Qualquer pessoa que esteja autorizada a trabalhar em território francês deve estar no mesmo nível de um cidadão francês e o seu empregador deve contribuir no mesmo nível que um empregador francês.

• Para segurança no emprego: limitar ainda mais o número de contratos a termo para grandes empresas (CDD = contrato a curto prazo). Queremos mais CDI. (CDI = contratos a termo certo)

• Fim do CICE. Uso desse dinheiro para o lançamento de uma indústria francesa de carros a hidrogênio (que é verdadeiramente amiga do ambiente, ao contrário do carro elétrico).

• Fim da política de austeridade. Parando de pagar os juros da dívida, que devem ser declarados ilegítimos, e começando a pagar a dívida sem ir buscar o dinheiro dos pobres e dos menos pobres, mas indo atrás dos 80 bilhões que foram perdidos nas evasões fiscais (basicamente os ricos/bancos e grandes empresas que fizeram grandes fugas aos impostos nos últimos anos)

• Que as causas da migração forçada sejam abordadas e lidadas.

• Que os requerentes de asilo sejam bem tratados. Nós temos o dever de lhes dar morada (casa), segurança, comida e educação para os menores. Trabalhar com a ONU para ter campos de acolhimento abertos em muitos países em todo o mundo, enquanto se aguarda o resultado do pedido de asilo.

• Que os requerentes de asilo rejeitados, sejam devolvidos ao seu país de origem.

• Que uma real política de integração seja implementada. Viver na França significa tornar-se francês (curso de francês, curso de história francesa e curso de educação cívica com certificação no final do curso).

• Salário máximo fixado em 15.000 euros.

• Que sejam criados empregos para os desempregados.

• Aumento dos apoios financeiros aos deficientes (pessoas com mobilidade reduzida)

• Limitação no valor das rendas. Mais casas de baixa renda (especialmente para estudantes e trabalhadores precários).

• Proibição de vender a propriedade pertencente à França (barragem, aeroporto …)

• Mais dinheiro concedidos ao sistema de justiça, à polícia, à gendarmaria e ao exército. Que as horas extras da policia sejam pagas ou recuperadas. (contabilizadas)

• Todo o dinheiro ganho pelas portagens deverá ser utilizado para a manutenção de autoestradas e estradas em França, bem como para a segurança rodoviária.

• O Preço do gás e da eletricidade aumentou desde a privatização, queremos que ele se torne público novamente e os preços baixem significativamente.

• Parar de imediato com o encerramento das pequenas estações de comboio, correios, escolas e maternidades.

• Trazer bem-estar aos nossos idosos. Proibição de ganhar dinheiro com os idosos. O “ouro cinza” tem que acabar (enriquecimento à custo dos idosos: lares sem condições e caros, etc). A era do bem-estar dos idosos a começar.

• Máximo de 25 alunos por turma, do jardim de infância ao 12º ano.

• Mais recursos financeiros dedicados à psiquiatria.

• O referendo popular deve entrar na Constituição. Criação de um site legível e eficaz, supervisionado por um órgão de controle independente, onde as pessoas podem fazer uma proposta de lei. Se este projeto de lei obtiver 700.000 assinaturas, este projeto deverá ser discutido, completado e emendado pela Assembléia Nacional, que terá a obrigação (um ano após o dia em que as 700.000 assinaturas foram obtidas) de submetê-lo à votação de todos os franceses.

• Retorno a um mandato de 7 anos para o Presidente da República. A eleição de deputados dois anos após a eleição do Presidente da República permite enviar um sinal positivo ou negativo ao Presidente da República relativamente à sua política. Seria, portanto, mais participativo e tornaria a voz do povo ouvida.

• Aposentadoria aos 60 anos e, para todos aqueles que trabalharam em uma atividade comercial usando o corpo (pedreiro ou pessoa que faz trabalhos pesados como desossar por exemplo), direito à aposentadoria aos 55 anos.

• Uma criança de 6 anos não se mantém sozinha, continuação do sistema de ajuda do “Pajemploi” até a criança completar 10 anos de idade.

• Promover o transporte de mercadorias por via férrea.

• Nenhuma retenção de impostos na fonte (directamente no salário).

• Fim dos benefícios vitalícios presidenciais (salários para a vida de ex-titulares de cargos presidenciais).

• Proibir os comerciantes de cobrar um imposto/taxa quando seus clientes usam o cartão de crédito.
Taxar/Imposto sobre o fuel-óleo combustível marítimo e o querosene.


>> On a décortiqué les 42 revendications des “gilets jaunes”

Augmentation du smic à 1 300 euros net, retour à la retraite à 60 ans ou abandon du prélèvement à la source… La liste comprend de nombreuses mesures sociales, mais également des mesures concernant les transports, comme la fin de la hausse des taxes sur le carburant et la mise en place d’une taxe sur le fuel maritime et le kérosène. Voici cette liste non exhaustive de revendications :

• Zéro SDF : URGENT.

• Davantage de progressivité dans l’impôt sur le revenu, c’est-à-dire davantage de tranches.

• Smic à 1 300 euros net.

• Favoriser les petits commerces des villages et centres-villes. Cesser la construction des grosses zones commerciales autour des grandes villes qui tuent le petit commerce et davantage de parkings gratuits dans les centres-villes.

• Grand plan d’isolation des logements pour faire de l’écologie en faisant faire des économies aux ménages.

• Impôts : que les GROS (MacDo, Google, Amazon, Carrefour…) payent GROS et que les petits (artisans, TPE, PME) payent petit.

• Même système de Sécurité sociale pour tous (y compris artisans et auto-entrepreneurs). Fin du RSI.

• Le système de retraite doit demeurer solidaire et donc socialisé. Pas de retraite à points.

• Fin de la hausse des taxes sur le carburant.

• Pas de retraite en dessous de 1 200 euros.

• Tout représentant élu aura le droit au salaire médian. Ses frais de transports seront surveillés et remboursés s’ils sont justifiés. Droit aux tickets-restaurant et aux chèques-vacances.

• Les salaires de tous les Français ainsi que les retraites et les allocations doivent être indexés à l’inflation.

• Protéger l’industrie française : interdire les délocalisations. Protéger notre industrie, c’est protéger notre savoir-faire et nos emplois.

• Fin du travail détaché. Il est anormal qu’une personne qui travaille sur le territoire français ne bénéficie pas du même salaire et des mêmes droits. Toute personne étant autorisée à travailler sur le territoire français doit être à égalité avec un citoyen français et son employeur doit cotiser à la même hauteur qu’un employeur français.

• Pour la sécurité de l’emploi : limiter davantage le nombre de CDD pour les grosses entreprises. Nous voulons plus de CDI.

• Fin du CICE. Utilisation de cet argent pour le lancement d’une industrie française de la voiture à hydrogène (qui est véritablement écologique, contrairement à la voiture électrique.)

• Fin de la politique d’austérité. On cesse de rembourser les intérêts de la dette qui sont déclarés illégitimes et on commence à rembourser la dette sans prendre l’argent des pauvres et des moins pauvres, mais en allant chercher les 80 milliards de fraude fiscale.

• Que les causes des migrations forcées soient traitées.

• Que les demandeurs d’asile soient bien traités. Nous leur devons le logement, la sécurité, l’alimentation ainsi que l’éducation pour les mineurs. Travaillez avec l’ONU pour que des camps d’accueil soient ouverts dans de nombreux pays du monde, dans l’attente du résultat de la demande d’asile.

• Que les déboutés du droit d’asile soient reconduits dans leur pays d’origine.

• Qu’une réelle politique d’intégration soit mise en œuvre. Vivre en France implique de devenir français (cours de langue française, cours d’histoire de France et cours d’éducation civique avec une certification à la fin du parcours).

• Salaire maximum fixé à 15 000 euros.

• Que des emplois soient créés pour les chômeurs.

• Augmentation des allocations handicapés.

• Limitation des loyers. Davantage de logements à loyers modérés (notamment pour les étudiants et les travailleurs précaires).

• Interdiction de vendre les biens appartenant à la France (barrage, aéroport…)

• Moyens conséquents accordés à la justice, à la police, à la gendarmerie et à l’armée. Que les heures supplémentaires des forces de l’ordre soient payées ou récupérées.

• L’intégralité de l’argent gagné par les péages des autoroutes devra servir à l’entretien des autoroutes et routes de France ainsi qu’à la sécurité routière.

• Le prix du gaz et de l’électricité ayant augmenté depuis qu’il y a eu privatisation, nous voulons qu’ils redeviennent publics et que les prix baissent de manière conséquente.

• Fin immédiate de la fermeture des petites lignes, des bureaux de poste, des écoles et des maternités.

• Apportons du bien-être à nos personnes âgées. Interdiction de faire de l’argent sur les personnes âgées. L’or gris, c’est fini. L’ère du bien-être gris commence.

• Maximum 25 élèves par classe de la maternelle à la terminale.

• Des moyens conséquents apportés à la psychiatrie.

• Le référendum populaire doit entrer dans la Constitution. Création d’un site lisible et efficace, encadré par un organisme indépendant de contrôle où les gens pourront faire une proposition de loi. Si cette proposition de loi obtient 700 000 signatures alors cette proposition de loi devra être discutée, complétée, amendée par l’Assemblée nationale qui aura l’obligation, (un an jour pour jour après l’obtention des 700 000 signatures) de la soumettre au vote de l’intégralité des Français.

• Retour à un mandat de 7 ans pour le président de la République. L’élection des députés deux ans après l’élection du président de la République permettait d’envoyer un signal positif ou négatif au président de la République concernant sa politique. Cela participerait donc à faire entendre la voix du peuple.

• Retraite à 60 ans et, pour toutes les personnes ayant travaillé dans un métier usant le corps (maçon ou désosseur par exemple), droit à la retraite à 55 ans.

• Un enfant de 6 ans ne se gardant pas seul, continuation du système des aides Pajemploi jusqu’à ce que l’enfant ait 10 ans.

• Favoriser le transport de marchandises par la voie ferrée.

• Pas de prélèvement à la source.

• Fin des indemnités présidentielles à vie.

• Interdiction de faire payer aux commerçants une taxe lorsque leurs clients utilisent la carte bleue. Taxe sur le fuel maritime et le kérosène.

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The British Parliament MPs have voted 311 to 293 to find May’s government in contempt over its failure to publish full Brexit legal advice from her attorney general. This represents a severe blow to Theresa May and leaves her government vulnerable to defeat on Brexit, and a possible ‘no confidence’ vote on May herself


Acelera a contagem final para. Sra. May. Como dito por Dominic Greave , o parlamento está a recuperar o controlo do processo para depois entregar a decisão final aos cidadãos num segundo referendo que deverá dar a vitória à união

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